5 For this reason, the Scriptures say, when the Messiah was about to come into the world: “You did not want sacrifices and offerings, but you prepared a body for me. 6 In burnt offerings and sin offering you never took delight. – Hebrews 10:5-6 ISV
When Christ came into the world, He came with the full knowledge of what His mission was. He was to give His body as a once-for-all time sacrifice. No longer would God be pleased or accept burnt offerings or offerings of any other kind to take away sins. All the old rituals are now worthless. Remission of sin that required the shedding of blood was completely satisfied when Jesus gave up His blood and His life for us on the cross. Belief in His free gift to us is the only way to salvation. Once we have accepted Jesus and experienced the liberty in Him, there is no longer any requirement for anything to physically die to achieve salvation. But we do need to offer our bodies as “a living sacrifice” to Jesus. This is the only sacrifice that is acceptable to God. To do that, means we have to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. This is a process that we go through on a daily basis. Just as Jesus gave His life for us on a cross, we also must take up a cross and follow Him. Our sacrifice is not to take away our sins, but it is to give God the glory for all that He has done for us. Our focus is now changed from the physical to the Spiritual, from things temporal to things eternal. We must “bring every thought captive”. This requires us to walk out the consequences of every word and action before we speak or act. Will our words and actions create life or destroy life?
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous